Bushfire Resilience Program Manager

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Bushfire Resilience Program Manager

About this role:

This new role has been created specifically respond to the needs of the community, and work in partnership with local organisations to identify risks and vulnerable families, educate and engage communities to prepare for bushfire, and mobilise volunteers to physically prepare for the fire season.

The Bushfire Resilience Program Manager is responsible for program management, coordination, and engaging communities to deliver a variety of community development and education strategies to achieve resilience and prepare for future bushfires.

The Bushfire Resilience Program Manager undertakes a range of functions including:

  • Contributing to the design of and managing a program that increases bushfire resilience in the community and provides recovery activities that benefit the most vulnerable in the communities where we work
  • Working with and establishing effective relationships with program stakeholders including partner agencies, local community organisations, community members and other staff.
  • Work with program staff to assess vulnerable areas and properties.
  • Establishing, coordinating and managing a program of activities
  • Work with program staff and stakeholders to identify streets and neighborhoods that are vulnerable to future bushfires.
  • Organise and delivery or work with others to deliver a program of community education days and train the trainer.
  • Deliver various community development / disaster preparation activities, e.g. establish community bushfire committees, community bushfire protection plans, community information toolkits.
  • Ensuring that program reporting requirements are met
  • Work with and manage program staff to ensure a program of volunteer activities are delivered effectively and efficiently.
  • Drive their own vehicle (reimbursed for travel costs)
  • Providing information and safety presentation to volunteer teams
  • Taking photos of program activities
  • Preparing briefing documents, program reports, evaluation documentation, etc
  • Assist other staff to manage volunteers to ensure projects are completed on schedule
  • Other tasks to support the efficient and effective operation of the program

Essential Selection Criteria:

  • Well-developed program management/coordination skills.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in community development, capacity building, facilitation and networking.
  • Proven ability to develop strong, productive partnerships, engage and collaborate with key stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Highly motivated, positive, excellent organisation skills with very good attention to detail and ability to work independently.
  • Proven ability to liaise effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Highly developed communication skills including written, verbal, report writing and presentation skills.
  • Unrestricted driver’s license, own vehicle, ability to drive (including ute) and willingness to travel.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent work experience.

Desirable Selection Criteria:

  • Experience in disaster recovery / resilience / preparedness programs and activities.
  • Digital/social media experience: an understanding of how to use technology to reach communities.

Note – the successful applicant will need to provide evidence of a clear criminal history and adhere to HFH’s Code of Conduct, policies and procedures including the Child Protection Policy.

This role will operate in both the Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands areas.

This is a 12 month contract role with the possibility of extension.

To obtain a Position Description or for enquiries please email Michelle Duby – Mduby@habitat.org.au, using the subject line: Bushfire Resilience Program Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs.

For any questions regarding the role please email Dhart@habitat.org.au.

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